Travel Trends to Watch for in 2020

Travel Trends to Watch for in 2020

Travel is not just a word, it is an expression and experience. For most people, travel is a means of escaping from the normal, routine and making memories. For some, travel is a passion and a means of earning their livelihood. It is different to different people and the travel and tourism industry has evolved big time in recent years. Today we will see 5 trends that are going to shape the travel and tourism industry worldwide.

When it comes to travel and tourism, you need to know some facts and stats

  • Countries with the largest number of international tourist arrivals in 2017 (in millions)*
    Travel Trends to Watch for in 2020
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  • The direct and total contribution of travel and tourism to the global economy from 2006 to 2017 (in trillion U.S. dollars)
    Travel Trends to Watch for in 2020Image source:Statista

Google did a research on Travel in 2017 with Phocuswright and it suggests that more than 60% of U.S. travelers would consider an impulse trip based on a good hotel or flight deal. Heckmann, Google’s VP of engineering for travel and shopping added that over 1 in 3 travelers across countries are interested in using digital assistants to research or book travel,3 and they’re already searching for everything from hotels to flights, and things to do in-destination

Let us see five trends that will impact travel and tourism in 2019,

    1. Solo travel spikes up

      Who doesn’t like solo travel these days, the trend is becoming too popular and even many female travelers are going for a solo travel. This is really a good sign overall, finally, most of them are getting out of their comfort zones and going out to explore solo. Experiencing things alone, and travel especially gives a deep sense of inner peace and makes us all think we are so small in front of the mother earth. So yes, more people are willing to take up this solo travel. shows that 38% of those who have traveled solo will do it again. And more importantly, Searches for “solo female travel” grew by 52% between 2016 and 2017 indicating that solo female travelers are increasing.

      Travel Trends to Watch for in 2020


    1. Millennials do more Insta traveling

      Yes, this is the trend now and is going to go big in 2019. You think what is it? It is nothing but taking purposeful candid photos to Instagram them, as simple as that. The social media has become a major player in the millennials lives and many are making money out of it, becoming an influencer. Everyone wants to travel and take best-shot pics that suit their Instagram themes.

      Insta traveling


    1. Gen Z likes vacation rentals more

      HomeAway’s data also suggests Gen Z are embracing vacation rentals as no other generation has. For instance, 35% of Gen Z travelers are likely to travel with friends, the largest of any group. Gen Z travelers also spend their time away in cities (more than 60% of the time), far exceeding rural and suburban destinations. And Gen Z travelers are already familiar with the benefits of a vacation rental. HomeAway also noted a staggering 325% jump in demand among travelers with children last year. Looks like Gen Z is being raised in vacation rentals.

      Gen Z likes vacation

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      Gen Z likes vacation

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    1. Spiritual travel will dominate

      More people are now traveling with one thing in mind, to seek spirituality. The travel focus has shifted a little bit for the majority, travelers want to seek some kind of peace and spiritual experience through their travel. Even the selection of destinations have changed, in their travel, people would love to learn new things that add value to their life, like yoga, cooking, meditation, nature seeing etc. With everyday’s hustle and bustle, this type of travel focus is increasing. According to AITO, The Specialist Travel Association, more people are seeking out culture over adventure.

      Spiritual travel


  1. Adventure travel will do wonders
    Adventure Travel

    There is another majority that likes to do Skydiving, Scuba diving, Jungle safari rides, Paragliding, Rock climbing, etc that gives a sense of inner satisfaction, they are adventurous travelers who do adventurous things in their travel. This bunch is mostly again Millennials who want to have wide adventuresome experiences and make some cool memories. The businesses related to adventure sports are also increasing and gaining huge popularity lately and this trend is never going to stop soon

    What motivates adventure travel

    Adventure Travel Motivation

Travel is a part of life and is gaining a lot of exposure these days. We are sure 2020 has many things to unfold in the travel & tourism industry. Let’s expect more global economic contribution from travel and let us all spread joy and inspire people to travel and make more memories at the same time.